The Hidden Killers: Deadly Viruses
Military Uses


The Marburg virus and the Ebola virus are rather nasty viruses. One might kill you and other one will kill you. There is no known cure for either. The information is interesting and brief. You will read and then compare and contrast the two viruses. Printing the directions will be helpful to you. This is a GED activity.

  • Click on the link at the top of the page.
  • Click on the small yellow word, ENTER, at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on Virus Profiles.
  • Look in the Table of Contents box to the right.
  • Click on Marburg/Ebola.
  • Read about the two viruses.
  • When done, click on the small yellow letters, "next page".
  • Read Causes/Source.
  • Read Effect/Symptoms.
  • Read Possible Solutions/Treatments/Prevention.
  • Answer the following questions for each virus. Make a list of answers for each virus. These lists will help you write a comparison/contrast paper.
    • What is the fatality rate of each virus?
    • In what country did each virus originally appear?
    • After what was each virus named?
    • To what kind of exposure was each virus linked?
    • How many people were infected with each virus?
    • How many died?
    • What is the shape of each virus?
    • How are these viruses transmitted?
    • What are the symptoms for each virus?
    • What is the cure for each virus?
    • What is the treatment for each virus?
  • Write a short essay comparing and contrasting the Marburg virus and the Ebola virus.
    • Introduce both viruses. Use the lists you made from the questions. The reader needs to know which virus is which. Label them, by name, most of the time to be clear. Do not be concerned with the number of words this time. Just write how the Marburg and Ebola viruses are the same and how they are different. The information is already in the lists. Just write the information in sentences and paragraphs. You will do a great job!

Now everyone is prepared for pulling all this virus stuff together. Watch Outbreak.

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